Wiring Nightmares

We found a hull…

We repaired it, we applied fresh gel coat….

We found a boat trailer, rebuilt it, got new tires, new wiring…

We rebuild a new floor and I installed new hull liner and carpet on the inside of the hull.  Wolf made the new wood for the rails and seat mounts.

We bought a motor and hung it on the back….

 

 

Then we left for the winter

 

Our Alpex Sierra has been sitting for a while.  Now with our newly found time we’ve been working on the boat again.  Wolf found needed parts on eBay – a piston for the tilt trim (rises and lowers the motor), a new wiring harness that was OEM for the motor.  When everything came in I set out to wire the boat.

I’ve always been one of those people who can put things together.  While wiring can look confusing, starting from a clean plate and creating your own wiring is really not that daunting of a task.

We went to the local marine store and bought an ignition switch,  the final piece of the puzzle to wire the boat.  After a few stops for bus bars and connectors I was ready to go.  It took a day to get everything connected and all the wires cleanly run from the back of the boat to the front.  I set it up so that when the key was on the other electrical components would work and when the key was off there would be no accident power drain from lights left on.

When I was ready to start testing we hooked the power from the motor to the battery, hit the aux switch and Boom! Everything worked 🙂  I was so happy.  I even gave the motor a bum – everything was working.  Then it all stopped.

Thought #1 – Electrical problems are a bitch.  There’s really no other way to say it.  When there’s an electrical problem it could be anything – a bad ground, a bad solenoid, a bad connection, a bad wire, a short in the new ignition switch…. the possibilities seem endless.  I took apart all ground wires and polished all the connections and re connected them.  I checked all the connections and connectors.  We decided the solenoid must be the culprit.

Finding a marine solenoid on a Sunday around here is nearly impossible. So we bought all the accessory parts – stern lights, cig lighter plug, lighted compass, new bilge pump.  We did get a solenoid from the auto store (not the right one of course) and we spend two days trouble shooting.  Come Monday we went to the Mercury dealer and got an OEM solenoid.

We just knew that by replacing the solenoid the motor would work and our problems would be solved.  It didn’t work.

Turns out the culprit after walking away and restarting trouble shooting a few times, was the positive wire from the battery to the motor.  Who would have thought that!?!?!

Thought #2 – Electrical problems are normally solved by checking everything that’s not obvious and really stupid.

Once we figured it all out I went ahead and wired all the aux fixtures and we even watched the boat turn over.  Now we’re off to get gas and hope we don’t have any mechanical problems (this motor has been sitting a while after all)

Hopefully we’ll have everything running, tagged and in the water soon!  I could really use some relaxation time on the water 🙂

–Trina

 

 


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Time Off

Finally I feel like I can breathe.  I actually have nothing on my plate to worry about…. no deadlines no schedules, no overwhelming workload… the only thing I have to think about is cleaning and gardening.

My First thought today – boy do I have a lot to clean.  After running for so long from job to job, the chance to stop and see the debris created and where things landed is insane.  After work we would just unload the truck into the shop and most things would never get touched again.   Now, it’s impossible to find a table and the floor is almost missing.  There are so many things to go through and put away or throw away – to sell or give away.  Well, it is a 3500sq ft garage and it is full.

The apartment floor needs steam cleaning something dreadful.   I dropped a few cups of coffee on the tan carpet that got nothing more than blotted and dried – the stains might never come up.  For the price of renting a good steam cleaner you can almost buy one now. Go Figure.

 

My second thought – memorial day is over, and tourist season has started.  Driving around here is about to be ridiculous.  You see, we live on the Delmarva Peninsula, home to Ocean City, Maryland and a bunch of other beachy resort towns.  Everyone from the big cities like Washington DC, Baltimore, and Newark come here to vacation.  While the people who live here drive a little slower, the tourists are much more aggressive and impatient drivers.  Pretty much, they suck.  There are few things worse that New Jersey and New York drivers.  They whip in and out of traffic, cutoff everyone without thought, slam on their brakes needlessly and all while acting like it’s normal to be flipped off and honked at.

You would think that because they are on vacation they’d take things a little easier, but no, if anything they seem more stressed and irritable.  *sigh*   Our Delaware DOT hasn’t helped either, they are doin huge road projects right in the middle of the tourist migration and traffic really is horrible – not Los Angeles horrible, but I actually missed a light and had to wait for the whole cycle again the other day! LOL

Happy Tuesday!

–Trina


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Another Plan

A few weeks ago we were so swamped with work and impending deadlines that we had no time for anything.  We talked to the farmer who farms our land and told him we’d have no time for a garden this year.

I was really not happy with the decision.  I love gardening and I really like being able to take the organic food we grow to the shelter.  I’m sure it’s not much, but they need food not just non-perishables, healthy food.

 

The next day we were faced with some job site dilemmas that were to much to be over looked.  The builder’s integrity came into question yet again and sometimes it’s just the final straw.  My  conscience and pride went to war and we left the work and him behind.

 

No worries though, I thought I had a plan but someone much bigger than me had a better one.  When we said we wouldn’t be growing a garden I think the Big Man said “Oh. Wait. You’re not growing my garden?  How about some time off?”  And he opened our eyes to the things we were constantly ignoring because the work and money were good.

The next morning some of our regular customers called with plenty of work to keep us busy but not so busy we can’t garden.

Thought Number one this week – just when you think you have a plan, God smacks you and reminds you that he has a much better plan.

This years garden is about 4000sqft planted with corn, yellow squash, zucchini, butternut squash, pumpkins, kale, carrots, peas, green beans, nasturtiums, marigolds, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.  We should have quite the yield when everything starts producing.  And I feel so much better.

 

While we were recovering from the stress and deadlines and being constantly on the move it went to clean out the chicken coop – which had been neglected.  We stopped by a friend’s house down the street for a bale of hay.  We got to talking and he realized that we would love going out on his boat fishing – me, I was happy just to be on the water.

Rock Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

Rock Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

My second thought this week – His plans are so much better than mine 😉

–Trina

 


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